As we saw in the first part, Raman and Maria met for the first time for a TT game. It was a heated game and Maria left arrogantly after the game and called Raman in the Canteen at 5 pm, after the lectures.
Second Meeting: Canteen
As Raman reached there in the canteen it was 05:15 pm and Maria was already there waiting for him, Why late?? She asked as she gave her iconic arrogant look…
Raman: Sorry Mam, Professor delayed the class.
Maria: Hmm, She Smiled. Sala tu bahutai bhadiya khela she said in typical Bhojpuri accent(You played very nice). Where have you learned TT?
Raman: I represented Punjab in Junior TT championship 2 times, won it once.
Raman: I am sorry, People told me you lost for the first time.
Maria: Don’t worry, you were the first who deserves to play with me and I will be more than happy to lose again, it’s the first time I enjoyed the game after coming to this college. That’s why I called you here, practice with me daily after the lectures. 6 pm sharp at Gymnasium.
As the conversation went on, Raman noticed many of the students are staring at them.
Ignore them, Maria said. Have some Maggie, She Ordered two Maggies.
Raman: Thanks Mam, I am ok, I don’t want anything.
Maria: Tujh se pucha kisi ne, kha chup chap. (Who asked you, Eat silently)
Raman: I thought you called me to Rag, like other seniors.
Maria: Don’t worry, I am not interested in that, just relax and finish your Maggie.
Raman : Mam can I ask something.
Raman: You also played nice, have you played professionally before.
Maria: State Champion 3 times in a row.
Raman: Wow! That’s Great!
Hey Maria! Someone shouts from outside. He was Ronnie.
Ronnie was Maria’s friend from Mechanical Engineering 2nd Year, He considered himself as her boyfriend. He was a muscular guy, with 2-3 guys Always around him.
Ronnie came, Who’s this guy he asked.
Raman, Maria introduced.
Ronnie: 1st Year??
Raman: Yes Sir!
Ronnie: Shut your mouth! Open it when I asked you to do so, till then keep it shut. Understood??
Maria: Stop Ragging him. Raman, you leave now Raman she said.
Raman left, She joined Ronnie and some other friends.
Ronnie Asked, Who was he? Why did you call him?
Maria: It’s none of your business, tu apna kaam kar…
Practice! Practice! Practice!
That day Raman and Maria again met at Gymnasium, they played almost for 2 hours continuously! No talks, Both of them enjoyed the practice session.
And the Audience was overjoyed to watch two State Players playing. And many other Challenged them for play, but every time Maria ignored them like nobody is there.
They both kept practising very hard, daily.
After a month or so, the entire college was talking about them, lots of stories started growing. When Raman gets to know this, he talked to Maria.
She ignored it as usual and told Raman to do the same.
Maria Said, No matter what you do people will always talk, So just ignore them and live your life. Over a period of time, they both have become good friends and they can be seen walking together after the Practice outside Gymnasium and nearby places.
Rumours were spreading, they both didn’t care, even if any of Raman’s friend teases him, he would rather take it very sportingly.
Ronnie gets the news, he was also in Mechanical Engineering, Ronnie along with his three friends once stopped Raman near the canteen.
Ronnie: Pushed Raman! Saale, how dare you come near my Girlfriend.
Raman: Shocked and furiously said Sir we just Practice there is nothing between us.
Ronnie: Slapped Raman, You think I am a fool If I see you again near Maria I will kill you Moron!
Raman stood awestruck!!!
To be continued…